Contractor Tools

  1. #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How

    #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How
    Heat tracing can protect sections of pipe in wet fire sprinklers from freezing, providing a viable alternative to installing or retrofitting more complex and expensive dry pipe or preaction systems. QRFS explains various types of heat tape, including NFPA standards, cost, and maintenance requirements.
  2. #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?

    #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?
    Closing or opening a valve can cause a sudden surge in pressure, threatening water-based systems and the people who work around them. QRFS explains the phenomenon known as water hammer, describing what is, how it works, and how it impacts firefighting and the design of fire protection systems.
  3. #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide

    #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide
    Contractors of all kinds rely on concrete anchors, but these fasteners' impressive grip can make them particularly tricky to remove. QRFS takes a look at established and emerging ways to quickly remove concrete anchors.
  4. #146 – Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Protect Sprinklers from Hard Hits

    #146 – Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Protect Sprinklers from Hard Hits
    Collisions with sprinkler heads can cause costly flooding — but standard fire sprinkler cages may not be strong enough to withstand the hits some sprinklers are likely to face. QRFS looks at a line of heavy-duty fire sprinkler head guards designed to address the vulnerabilities in high-impact environments.
  5. #141 – How to Use and Troubleshoot a Hydrostatic Test Pump

    #141 – How to Use and Troubleshoot a Hydrostatic Test Pump
    How do you properly use a hydrostatic test pump? When can you troubleshoot a hydrostatic test pump on your own and when should you contact the manufacturer? Learn to prime, start, stop, and safely pressurize pumps with this guide from QRFS.
  6. #139 – Airplane Hangar Fire Suppression Systems: An Essential Guide

    #139 – Airplane Hangar Fire Suppression Systems: An Essential Guide
    Learn how to classify an aircraft hangar according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and choose the right airplane hangar fire suppression system to keep planes, people, and property protected.
  7. #134 – Which Fire Sprinkler Wrench Do I Need?

    #134 – Which Fire Sprinkler Wrench Do I Need?
    Fire sprinkler wrenches must be compatible with a specific make and model of fire sprinkler. QRFS explains how to determine the right wrench for the job, as well as how to stock a spare sprinkler kit.
  8. #133 – Hydrostatic Test Pump Features to Consider When Selecting a Pump

    #133 – Hydrostatic Test Pump Features to Consider When Selecting a Pump
    What makes a hydrostatic test pump better for acceptance and maintenance testing on fire sprinklers and standpipes? QRFS takes a look at features impacting the portability, ease of use, and reliability of today's hydrostatic test pumps.
  9. #132 – Choosing a Hydrostatic Test Pump for Fire Sprinklers and Standpipes

    #132 – Choosing a Hydrostatic Test Pump for Fire Sprinklers and Standpipes
    Standpipes and sprinklers require hydrostatic testing before system acceptance, every 5 years for certain standpipes, and/or when there are significant system revisions. But how do you know if you’ve got the right pump for the job? QRFS reviews the key specs and features to look for when choosing a hydrostatic test pump.
  10. #105 - The Water Hero Can Stop Costly Water Leaks and Damage at Home

    #105 - The Water Hero Can Stop Costly Water Leaks and Damage at Home
    Water leaks can happen in surprising and hidden places in the home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage before they're fixed. QRFS details the causes, costs, and insurance implications of home water leaks, plus looks at a simple solution to automatically detect leaks and stop them: The Water Hero.

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